May 21st, 2008
03:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Carter: Obama-Clinton ticket unlikely

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Carter says a joint Obama-Clinton ticket is unlikely."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton would accept the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket, but it's highly unlikely Barack Obama will offer it to her should he be the party's nominee, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.

Speaking during a question and answer session at an event in Houston Tuesday night, Carter said, in his view, it's not impossible the two could pair up for the general election. But the former president said Obama will most likely search for a different vice presidential candidate.

"I think it would be highly unlikely for Obama to ask her to take it," Carter said. "Because I don't see how it would help his ticket. I think he needs somebody like a [former Georgia Sen.] Sam Nunn, but I won't name others.”

"But I think if he asked her, she would take it," Carter added.

The former president also reiterated that he does not have direct contact with either campaign and is not privy to the VP deliberations.

Carter also said a unity ticket would likely help the party come together after the prolonged and at times divisive primary race. But he stopped short of saying such a ticket would be the strongest Democrats could field

"That would be the ticket the republicans would favor I think," he said.

Carter, a Democratic superdelegate, has yet to formally endorse a candidate, but he has strongly hinted he is in favor of Obama.

soundoff (570 Responses)
  1. Linda Esen

    Listen to him folks ; he is super old and KNOWS what heis talking about.


    May 21, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Debby

    I don't think he would even offer it to her and I don't think she would accept it. Like Bernstein said she has her own momentum going and if they don't vote him in Nov. he is doomed leaving her with another try in 2012. If he loses in Nov. he is all done. I wouldn't want her to be on that losing ticket like Edwards was with Kerry. She is better off going back to the Senate.

    May 21, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Beatrice in Boston

    Wisdom from the worst president of the 20th century.

    Thanks for those 16% mortgages!

    May 21, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Stephen

    Chuck Hagel would be a very wise choice. K Sibelliuus (sp?) of Kansas would also good one.

    May 21, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Independant

    Roland Martin is the biggest Obama supporter on CNN. Obama's polocies aren't his own polocies. He is just taking Hillary's polocies, making a few changes and calling them his own. Hillary has had her universal healthcare plan a long time ago during Bill Clinton's presidency. Issue #1 is racism and sexism in this campaign.

    Hillary or McCain

    No Phony

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Ted R. from NY

    He is correct. There's just too much bad blood here.

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Democrat for Hillary or McCain

    Carter cannot see the benefit to the ticket?

    Hello! Clinton can carry a lot of electoral votes. In fact, according to Karl Rove's analysis, Hillary can beat both McCain and Obama.

    I can see why the Republicans want to run against Obama.
    They know they can beat him.

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Stefan

    Mike Huckabee says he would be honored to be John McCain's running mate. Jeremiah Wright has made reference to being on Barack Obama's ticket. I say we give it to those who really want it.

    McCain/Huckabee '08
    Obama/Wright '08

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Party Crasher

    Freida, NYC

    You can keep that 3rd grade reverse psycology in NYC. She's been a senator there for seven years, do you have universal health care in NYC yet?

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Wise White Guy

    For all you Hillary supporters who think you might vote for McCain. First of all I am glad you are coming to reality and know Obama is the nom. I would like you to understand a couple things. Obama has won this fair and square. He is not at fault in Fla and Mich. Take a good neutral look at him and give him a chance. A lot of things are said during a campaign because the goal is to win. Do not take what Hil said in the heat of the fight and hold it as truth. Give the guy a real chance and i think you will find he is exactly what you need. Some key things to think about. 1. Your Kids. Talking to an enemy rarely results in a war where young soldiers die but go in with fighting as your first option and you can guess what will happen. If you dont see a mandatory draft coming under McCain you better think again. 2. Your Kids. This is gonna shock you i am sure. Our environment is going bad in a hurry and many scientific experts are predicting that without serious wide sweeping change we may make the earth uninhabitable in 30-40 years. I know that seems fast but it is completly reasonable. Becasue of our energy policy we may be very soon causing the human species to go extinct. That is a big pill to swallow but it the data is out there and it is frightening. If we do not move away from carbon fuels (oil) rapidly we are going to be in serious trouble. Despite what McCain is saying now he is beholding to the same people that Bush was. 3. This is going to seem insignificant after the last one but in case you are not sure about that think about the supreme court nominees. I expect 3 judges to need replacing and McCain has said he would choose young conservative judges who would look to overturn the Abortion rights law. You can imagine that they would vote along those conservative lines on everything and they would hold a huge majority on the court for decades. There are so many more huge issues but this is getting long. Do your homework and use your own brains and i am sure you will make a good decision.

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Denver CO, 4 Obama

    If anyone would let the postings on this board affect your vote, you need to grow up.

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. fred

    Xango 4, Who are these dingbats polling???? LOL

    Where are you from??

    How many foreigner are posting on here???

    I think there are many!!

    Maybe CNN could investagate where the IP are from??

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. David from Florida

    This talk about change is such a misnomer...

    So many of U talk about he cannot pick her becaue she is the past he is trying to get away from.....the "Washingtont" types he is running against...

    Then who is Sam Nunn, if not a Washington type...So is John are so many of the other so-called better choices that pundits on TV have suggested....

    Is everyone so fooolish as to think that experience is not necessary in any capacity??

    All of U who follow Obama should remember that in one of the early debates much was made of the fact that Obama had many of the same folk who helped manage Bll Clinton's run for he needs their experience for that??

    Why not let Obama choose a complete field of nobodies for his cabinet or VP or whatever...people who we have never heard of.....would you all be up for that?????

    This argument against experience is really stupid.

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. franco

    Hello American People!

    Well, after Pennsylvanya, West Virginia, and Kentucky the electability of Obama seems some dark...

    Anyway, Obama can bring change to Washington. That is why Obama is beening supported by John Kerry, Tom Dushle, Kennedy, Richardson, Todd, McGovern, Edwards, the 92-year-old Senator whose name I do not remember, and other members of the old establishment.

    So go Obama with the change in Washington...!

    May 21, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. IAMWMD

    The bacis characteristic of a VP is for them to be trustworthy, loyal and honest . Hillary lacks all three, plus he doesn't need the scandal that's gonna come with the court case that's coming up for Hillary.

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Mike in Scranton, PA

    Carter and Obama - two peas in a pod. And Carter's disastrous 4-year term is exactly what we can expect from Obama. People thought Carter was too inexperienced for the job. We've not seen anything yet!

    This Hillary supporter and lifelong Democrat will be voting for McCain in the fall - in fact, I'm seriously considering campaigning for him as a "Democrat for McCain" at this point. The Obama supporters' vile and hate-filled rhetoric has me beyond fed up.

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Hilda

    Lets pretend Hillary has the lead and Obama would not put an end to this situation. He would just keep on going. What would you Hillary supporters be saying? I just want to know. Could he cry it is because of race(she cries it is because of gender) Could he move the goal post over and over(she does all the time) She could not win either without the support of Obama supporters, SO what is the point of all these mean comments.

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. obamanite08

    Maybe all of the so called working whites and HRC can go live on an island somewhere. You can really have a gas holiday then.

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. KJ

    Hillary Clinton should be the Presidential nominee of the Democratic party because she's the most qualified and most electable person for the job.

    Obama is unqualified and unelectable. The Dems would be foolish to nominate him.

    No "unity" ticket. Obama's not qualified to be on the ticket at all. For me, it's Hillary or McCain. Country first, party second.

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Matt

    Frieda From NY,

    We are weary, and frustrated. That's why there is so much hate. You have a candidate who would rather support McCain than Obama. How do you think that makes us feel? We're supposed to be a family and Hillary has consistantly trashed Barack.

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. sb

    I agree with Carter. A couple of months ago I would have have yes. But now she is causing a lot controversy. She's about herself. And she uses the race card, the gender card so much until she has made herself an unlikely VP. She's very arrogant and cruel. And does not want to unite the party. Obama is always congratulate her for her wins. But, she never congratulates Obama. She is full of self ambition and pride. Not trying to bring her supporters into unity with Barack's. How can the media expect for Barack to bring Hillary's supporters to him when she is constantly fighting against him.?

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Todd in Raleigh

    Well, I received my survey from the DNC, and the last page was send money so that the Democratic candidate can win. I typed out a nice letter last night, and said that due to the treatment of one said candidate, along with the media bias and alienation of my choice in nominee, that I will not be completing, nor donating money to the DNC.

    I guess the only way for them to see they did Hillary wrong is to hit them in the pocketbooks. It is so funny that all the people that are those Obamanites are now trying to extend an olive branch after all the mud slinging and alienating they have done. Why? They need us in the general. Well, I have lived 8 years of hell, and what is 4 more.

    Mudslinging and attacks? Good for you Hillary!

    HILLARY in 2012!!! GO HILLARY~!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. andrew

    Oh God help us! I hope that she does not put him on the ticket. You obo fans are so DUMB! GET OVER IT obo FANS>

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. charlotte

    I agree, Hillary is much to strong to be that weaklings VP. Everyone would look to her for answers and he would indeed be a Lame Duck President.. Where he will find anybody weaker then himself is beyond me. He may have won the battle, but he will not win the war. He won Oregon, but between the two she received 150 thousand more votes. Write Hillary Clinton on your ballot in November, we can do it, yes we can. The general election is nothing like the primary, Thank God...

    May 21, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Mike

    I just don't see this happening and I prefer not to see it happen. I like both candidates but personally they don't mesh well together. No matter who wins the nomination I will be supporting a democrat this fall.

    May 21, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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